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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Orrin Star - No Frets Barred

New England native Orrin Star, who plays mandolin, banjo and guitar, was inspired to pursue a flatpicking style after seeing Doc Watson perform in 1969. Seven years later, Star won the National Flatpicking Championship.

After winning that 1976 title Star pursued his musical career in the Boston area, but in 1993 moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he fronted a group called The Sultans of String.

No Frets Barred was Star's first solo album, released by Flying Fish in 1982. Wonderful Dish Rag comes from that LP, with the MP3 lifted from the original vinyl.

Wonderful Dish Rag

No Frets Barred has made a complete transition to the digital age. It's available on CD (CD Baby has the best price) and as a download.

Orrin Star maintains a fairly busy concert and workshop schedule, mainly in the New England states. Check his website for details.

Here's Star (on mandolin) in concert with his current performing partner Leon Morris (guitar).

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